Laurel Delaney, President
Laurel J. Delaney is founder and president of Chicago-based GlobeTrade.com, a management consulting company that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses go global. The United States Small Business Administration has recognized Ms. Delaney as a world-renowned global small business expert by naming her the Illinois Exporter of the Year. She is the author of “Start and Run a Profitable Exporting Business,” “Exporting: The Definitive Guide to Selling Abroad Profitably” (2013 1st edition; 2016 2nd edition) published by Apress Media, and, “Exporting Essentials: Selling Products and Services to the World Successfully” (2014) also published by Apress Media. In addition, she has written numerous articles that have appeared in international and scholarly publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The Conference Board.
She is the creator of The Global Small Business Blog, which is ranked No. 1 in the world for entrepreneurs and small businesses interested in going global, serves as the About.com Import & Export Expert, is a charter member and a board member by appointment of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and is a member of the International Council for Small Business. She also serves as the Chicago Chapter Chair for the Women Presidents’ Organization.
Ms. Delaney’s passion for going global goes back to 1985 when she first started her business. Since then, she has devoted more than 60,000 hours of work in the area–from consulting to writing to teaching.
Bob Marovich, Director of Development
Bob Marovich has spent three decades in nonprofit fund development for colleges and universities, secondary schools, museums, public broadcasters, animal welfare agencies, social service agencies, out-of-school programs, and healthcare. His skills include grantwriting, annual fund, major and planned giving, and strategic planning. As vice president of Ter Molen Watkins & Brandt for eight years, Bob managed a portfolio of diverse prospects and was part of the team that wrote the application that secured the largest challenge grant ever given by the Kresge Foundation ($800,000) to an Indiana nonprofit.
Today, Bob is a full-time grantwriter whose clients include primarily charter and private elementary and high schools. He sits on the board of Tree House Humane Society and is a board member emeritus at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. Outside of fundraising, Bob is a gospel music historian and author of the critically-acclaimed “A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music” (University of Illinois Press, 2015).